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NCAA clears Auburn, Newton of any major wrongdoing

The Sports Xchange
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The NCAA announced Wednesday it found no major violations committed by Auburn regarding Cam Newton or other pay-for-play allegations and has concluded multiple investigations of the program.

In a statement, the NCAA said it has completed its 13-month investigation into Auburn???s recruitment of Newton, whose father, Cecil, allegedly shopped his services to another school for nearly $200,000.

The NCAA agreed with Auburn???s self-report from Nov. 30, 2010, that Cecil Newton and the owner of a scouting service, Kenny Rogers, shopped Newton???s services to Mississippi State out of junior college, but that there was no evidence the player or Auburn knew about it.

The cloud of the investigation hung over Auburn during the Tigers??? national championship run and over Newton during his run to the Heisman Trophy.

The NCAA also cleared Auburn in allegations by four former players that they received payments during their recruitment or careers.

The NCAA notified Auburn of the decision on Tuesday in a letter from associate director of enforcement Jackie A. Thurnes. Auburn released it Wednesday.

???As with any case, should the enforcement staff become aware of additional credible information, it will review the information to determine whether further investigation is warranted,??? the NCAA statement said.

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